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Why I Support Faith-Based Films…

One of the most discouraging things about being a Christian filmmaker are the blood-thirsty ‘critics’, both secular and Christian, who attack our films. Of course, I remember Jay Schroeder, the former NFL quarterback saying the worst thing he hated about playing football was enduring the sports critics who never wore a jock-strap. I guess it’s the same with me – movie critics who’ve never picked up a camera.

However, I’ve learned just to forgive. The Lord has blessed me so much – I’ve directed 6 films that have reached over 96 million households on TV and in the theaters.

Here’s 3 important verses in Scripture that every ‘critic’ needs to read before bashing films that honor God:

Isaiah 5:20-21

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.

2 Chronicles 19:2

Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, the wrath of the LORD is upon you

John 15:18-19
If the people of this world hate you, just remember that they hated me first. If you belonged to the world, its people would love you. But you don’t belong to the world. I have chosen you to leave the world behind, and that is why its people hate you.

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3 Comments »

  1. Great comments, Tim.

    As someone who hasn’t been involved in actually producing films, other than a semester of film production in high school, I’d have to say I began to appreciate Christian films much more after seeing a Christian film that had great script, costume design and special effects, BUT dismal acting. (The acting was literally so bad, I would have preferred to watch in subtitles rather than to hear their mouth’s open). However, this showed me the amazing skill that acting takes and that I shouldn’t take good acting for granted as I had been. It caused me to be much more humble in my critique of films, in admiring the effort and quality that many low-budget Christian films exhibit but are often un-noticed.

    The most impressive thing I noticed after watching the first film I’ve seen of yours (Live Fast, Die Young) was the quality acting that every actor displayed. I knew this required lots of work (and money) to find this talent, and I have great respect for you because of this. I will definitely be using this film to show a great example of a good Christian film in contrast to the other film with bad acting, hoping to inspire another generation of actors and film makers to glorify God in the movie industry.

    Great work,

    I hope to see some new blog posts from you!

    -Luke

    Comment by Luke Otterstad | September 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks so much Luke! Sorry for the late reply!

      Comment by genius7 | January 24, 2013 | Reply

  2. Having also struggled just to get something on screen, i sympathize deeply with anyone – Christian or not – who actually gets their film made and on screen. However, precisely why should we “get a pass” from other Christians if the product is bad? it’s one thing if someone outside of your target audience complains. [Like a non-believer complaining about a Sherwood [Fireproof, Facing the Giants] flick that isn’t aimed at them. But I think Christian filmmakers should embrace criticism, understanding what they are doing (or not doing) to connect and communicate with their audience. In the case of NOAH (NOT made by a Christian filmmaker but by an occultist trying to fleece the Christian market), I’m gleeful at courageous Christians who speak out and withhold enriching people who aren’t making what we want. It’s an economic law that if you supply a need, people will reward you. Serving the God who made the intricacies and varieties of flowers, the glorious landscapes on Earth and the human body, it’s time for Christians to exceed the world in every respect.

    Scripture? The causeless curse will not alight (you know if it’s undeserved and it shouldn’t bother you), but rebuke a wise man and he will love you. The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

    Comment by PolitiJim (@politiJim) | April 26, 2014 | Reply


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